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Letters to the Editor - Dec. 1

December 01, 2011

JFK 50 Mile a wonderful county tradition

To the editor:

The 49th annual JFK 50 Mile, held in Washington County on Nov. 19, is currently the largest and most successful ultra-marathon in North America.

The incredible success of the 49th annual JFK 50 Mile simply would not have been possible without the help of so many local organizations and private citizens. Everyone gave their time and resources to allow 864 committed and courageous official finishers to see their dreams and goals become a reality.

We would like to express our sincerest appreciation to all those who helped make this event possible. Particularly, we would like to thank Mike Spinnler for having the vision and leadership to keep this tradition alive and bringing honor to Washington County.

The Maryland State Police, Washington County Sheriff's Department, U.S. Park Rangers and Maryland State Highway Administration offered outstanding support and organizational expertise. The various community emergency services and ambulance companies throughout the county provided much-needed assistance and medical care. The volunteers are amazing at every aid station, giving needed water and food to keep the runners’ spirits high. The spectators are always enthusiastic. But truly it is the citizens of Washington County and their attitude that makes this event great and world class.

We are hopeful that next year — at the 50th anniversary celebration of this event — and for 50 years after that, the race can continue to be run over the same course here in Washington County.

Every year, we continue to be awestruck by the JFK 50 Mile. It has evolved into a truly international event that reflects so positively on our community. We know Nov. 17, 2012, will be another day to remember.

Thanks, Washington County. Thanks, Mr. Spinnler.

John, Tom, Sarah and Ben Louderback

Special friend has been there in toughest times

To the editor:

On Feb. 15 of this year, my younger brother, Puddy Bikle (Denny), died in a very sudden and tragic way. I want to thank first my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for holding my hands and helping me through it all. I shudder to think where I would be without you. You are amazing.

All of my friends have been comforting and loving, helping me deal with this loss. But someone stands out, among these friends. Her name is Irene Giffin. She has been there for me more than anyone.

Thanks for your time, concern, friendship and undying love, you have shown to me, during these last nine months. We have known each other for all of our 61 years. Just like our mothers were friends and loved each other all their lives, we now do the same. Ours is a very special friendship. Irene, you truly are the sister I never had. I love you as my friend and pray for God to bring many blessings into your life.

Thanks for all your caring and love. I appreciate it so much.

Dee Moore

Powell doesn’t defend his stance on separation

To the editor:

“Searching for that which is significant” (Nov. 11) by Allan Powell is surely a jest as to being an authority on the meaning of separation. Evidently, Powell sees no need to defend his stance on separation. Proof being, as stated about his trip through New England and talking to the Danbury Baptist Church’s pastor. He said the pastor gave him several meanings of the letter by Thomas Jefferson. Guess which meaning he chose for The Herald-Mail.

As for me, separation has been defended by Powell and others for over 20 years; and yes, there has been no credible defense by the silence to my challenges in The Herald-Mail.

Where does Powell’s American historical comfort zone begin? When he did not rebut my two challenges, and excluding philosophy, and judging from his writings on separation and creation history, he does not seem to me to be a credible authority on anything.

Consider the following:

1. The First Amendment does not address the church, but religion. Being that the Bible and prayer was predominant, the Founding Fathers were overwhelmingly Christian. The idea of religion was the freedom to worship as one chose without undermining the laws of the land and/or the Christian Bible.

2. The letter to the Danbury Baptist Church by Thomas Jefferson was in response to what happened in the Church of England by the state dictating Christian doctrine. Modern corruption has twisted the context of the letter to undermine the First Amendment.

3. The first mention of separation in any legal document happened for the first time in 1947.  

James Madison said, “Cursed be all learning that is contrary to the cross of Christ.”

The only way imperialists can destroy our freedoms and well-being is to destroy our foundations. We are closer than most think. Our heritage and history have been corrupted along with the judicial system and government procedures by those intent on enslaving people and persecuting Christians.

What makes the Bible the representation of the true one and only God are two items no other false religions address — scientific facts and prophesies that are still taking place today.  

Phillip M. Snider
Martinsburg, W.Va.

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